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U.S. Relocates Some Staff
From Embassy, Consulate in Iraq

NBC News, by Elisha Fieldstadt

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 8/11/2014 4:32:25 AM

The U.S. has removed some staff from its embassy in Baghdad and its consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraq´s Kurdish region threatened by militants, the State Department said Sunday. A travel warning posted Friday cautioning U.S. citizens from travelling to Iraq due to the "high risk for kidnapping and terrorist violence" was updated to say that "a limited number" of U.S. Consulate and U.S. Embassy staff members were relocated to Amman, the capital of Jordan, and Basrah, a southern Iraqi city. "We´re not moving our embassy anytime soon, were not moving our consulate anytime soon," President Barack Obama said Saturday

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TheMom, 8/11/2014 7:49:41 AM     (No. 9961176)

What´s that saying? Out of the frying pan... ?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ruready?, 8/11/2014 8:08:47 AM     (No. 9961201)

At least we know Obama´s whereabouts this time - he´s on vacation.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/11/2014 8:17:47 AM     (No. 9961218)

In reference to #2´s comment, if we can believe Ron Kessler´s book "First Family Detail", there are several monitors in the White House security rooms giving the location of ever Secret Service protected person. The data is constantly updated in real time. As I read that passage, I wondered what the monitors said on the night of 9/11/12. Somebody knows.

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